I expect better from Sony, expecially for the price.
15 January 2011
Excerpt: I bought the Sony RDR-HXD995 about two years ago now from my local Comet store. I decided to buy a DVD recorder as I am unable to receive Sky+ in the apartment block that I live in. The Sony RDR-HXD995 stood out from the others available because of the 250GB internal hard drive (this allows 36 hours of high quality recording or around 700 hours of standard quality) and the opportunity to record onto DVD's, plus the Sony branding.
Summary: The recorder not only looks good it has great easy to use functions, probably not used by most owners. The tuner picks up freeview really well and its a doddle to record from the guide.The picture and audio output quality is fantastic. The recordings on the hard drive can be easily edited (remove the commercials etc) but 250GB is probably too small for a lot of users like me, must go to 500GB minimum next time.
Excerpt: The reality lived up to the hype. Money well spent. Wonderful range of features. Great picture quality almost HD at times. Easy set up. Works well with Sky. I love the automatic search facility for alternate dates and times to avoid clashes when setting up recordings. The following would have made it even better. A more user-friendly freeview programme guide. Larger buttons on the remote. The ability to access the programme info window on recorded programmes (as on Sky).
Excerpt: Not noisy - a good recorder - a bit to complicated really You have to watch the same channel as your recording - whats the point in that? I had to rig in another free view box so i can change channel when recording - NO TWIN TUNER????? WHAT A CHEAP LET DOWN ON AN OTHERWISE GREAT BOX!!!
Excerpt: I suppose others must have noticed but reading through the reviews I didnt see it. Anyway as you will all know who have this machine chapter marks are put in periodically. But they are also put in when the adverts appear. I think Sony mention it in the handbook as when the picture changes. But what it actually does by some wizardry is place one when the adverts begin.
Excerpt: I bought the HDD recorder to sit under my Sony Bravia TV KDL-32S4000. The two items interface well and are a great system. The HDD Recorder is easy to use and looks great. The instructions and menus are logical and easy to follow.
Excerpt: I SELECTED THE RECORDER BECAUSE THE SPECIFICATION CLAIMED THE UNIT HAD BOTH DIGITAL AND ANALOG TUNERS . IN FACT IT HAS NO ANALOG TUNER BUT TWO DIGITAL TUNERS ONE DESIGNED FOR SATELLITE AND THE OTHER FOR TERRESTRIAL DIGITAL FREE VIEW . SONY DOES NOT THINK THEIR SALES SPECIFICATION IS MISLEADING . THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL IS FRAGMENTED AND CONTAINS ERRORS THE FIRST BEING AN INCORRECT CONNECTION DIAGRAM WITH THE NECESSARY SCART CONNECTION MISSING .
Excerpt: Having had 3 dvd hdd recorders that have all gone down; 2 within a few moths or so, and 1 just over a year, (Hitachi, Panasonic and Toshiba) not only am I running out of options, but Im also learning to lower my expectations!! However it does do everything it says it should, and without much difficulty. I just plugged it in, and it immediately started finding freeview channels, and was up and running and ready to record in a matter of minutes.
Excerpt: We've all heard of 'Sky+', the digital satellite tuner which allows you to pause and rewind live TV - but did you know that Freeview offer a similar service in the form of 'Freeview+'? Unlike Sky+ where there is only one box to choose from (well, technically two if you include 'Sky+ HD'), Freeview+ can be accessed by a wide variety of set top boxes made by a number of manufacturers, as long as they display the Freeview+ logo on the front.
Excerpt: Coming from tape, its a dream - even people who cant make all the bells and whistles work will find it good value for around £200. I thought the thick instruction book was (like so many) in half a dozen languages - but no, those 167 pages are all in English - so be ready for some serious reading if you want to make the most of it... One tip here - download the manual from the Sony support website as a PDF and you can search for key words etc.